Supporting better mental health
in the UK energy sector
EnergyMind is a new project dedicated to creating a positive culture around mental wellbeing in the energy industry. It aims to change the culture and perceptions around mental wellbeing at work, enabling the whole industry to operate more effectively.
Why is change needed?
We spend a lot of our time at work, which means that our working environment can have a significant impact on our wellbeing. Those working in the energy industry will appreciate that while the changeable nature of energy can be exciting, it can also be stressful – and if work-related stress isn’t dealt with, it can build up and lead to more serious mental health issues.
This means that a proactive approach to protect employees’ mental wellbeing is beneficial for everyone involved. By ensuring energy professionals have the support they need to manage stress, we can reduce the number of working days lost to stress-related illnesses (a staggering 15 million days in 2017/18).
OUR THREE CORE AIMS
Put mental ‘wellbeing at work’ on the leadership agendaThe energy sector already treats health and safety as a board-level concern (and rightly so). We believe mental wellbeing should be treated with the same priority as physical wellbeing by all businesses in the industry.
Support employers to attract and retain talent within the industryWellbeing at work doesn’t just benefit the employee, it also helps employers to avoid the costs of stress-related absence – which totals around £5 billion per year in the UK. We’re therefore striving to support employers in creating a culture that supports the mental wellbeing of their employees, helping them to retain valued employees and to attract new talent.
Raise awareness of the unique pressures faced by the energy industryWith many years working in the energy sector, our founders not only understand its complexities, they have direct experience navigating a highly changeable industry. Part of our mission is to raise awareness of the unique pressures faced by those working within the energy sector and to help challenge and transform perceptions of mental health at work.